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Best Hair Straighteners

A good hair straightener can create that sleek-haired look that makes you feel confident to face the world. Choosing the best hair straightener for you is important – not just to produce poker-straight locks, but also to help protect hair from heat damage.

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Here are a few things to keep an eye out on before buying a hair straightener.

Plate material

  • Ceramic plates: Offer effective straightening performance, at an affordable price. They are generally suited to hair that’s not too fine, as well as thick, curly hair. Make sure to source a straightener that’s pure ceramic, not ceramic-coated, as this can chip away over time and result in uneven heating.
  • Tourmaline-coated plates: These are good for damaged hair, as they’re infused with negative ions that help to lock in moisture and give hair a shiny appearance.
  • Titanium: The most expensive plate material available, the $699 Dyson Corrale uses these. They heat up quickly and spread heat evenly over the plate surface. This makes them great for coarse, curly hair, as you can go from curly to straight in one pass.

Plate Width

  • Wide plates: These shorten the time it takes to straighten your hair. They’re suitable for long, thick hair, as they will straighten more hair with each pass.
  • Narrow plates: Suited to short hair or fine hair, these apply less heat, so protect the hair shaft from damage. Slimmer plates are also better if you have a portable or cordless straightener, as it will more easily fit into your travel bag.

Temperature: Some more expensive hair straighteners have variable heat settings. These let you adjust the temperature to your hair type, so you don’t burn your hair.

Shape: A straightener with rounded edges at the top makes it easier to create curly hair. If a flat iron has straight edges, it will give you even straighter hair.

Straightening time: Try and find a quality hair straightener in your budget with quick heat-up times and that’s also efficient in straightening your hair.

Hair straighteners are also available with a number of convenient extra features, such as universal voltage if you travel frequently, or auto shut-off for those busy mornings. Simply scroll down to experiment with the filters on the left to find out more.

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SAS Professional Hair Straightener
  • Award Winner 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017

SAS Professional Hair Straightener

4.7 from 284 reviews

The SAS Professional Hair Straightener’s plate material is made of ceramic-coated titanium, which is gentle on fine hair and also helps manage frizz in thick hair.

Price (RRP) A$189.95

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (24)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (24)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (24)
  • Hair Care
    4.4 (18)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic-Coated and Titanium
  • Min Temperature50 °C
  • Max Temperature232 °C
  • Colour / Finish White, Pink, Gold, Dark Purple, or Matt Black
Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron

Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron

4.7 from 199 reviews

With its impressive 4.7-star rating, the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron is one of the best hair straighteners and is reasonably priced at $149.95.

Price (RRP) A$149.95

  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off, Storage Case and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Min Temperature120 °C
  • Max Temperature240 °C
  • Colour / Finish Black, Blue, Pink, Purple, White
  • Cord Length 3 m
OzHead MKIII
  • Award Winner 2018

OzHead MKIII

4.6 from 230 reviews

The OzHead MKII, which costs $299.95, was the 2018 ProductReview.com.au Award Winner in the Hair Straighteners category.

Price (RRP) A$299.95

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    3.7 (3)
  • Hair Care
    3.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Tourmaline-Coated
  • Min Temperature80 °C
  • Max Temperature230 °C
  • Colour / Finish Red
  • Cord Length 3 m
GlamPalm

GlamPalm · includes 5 listings

4.4 from 158 reviews

Latest review: After owning several GHD models that failed miserably, I was gifted a GlamPalm by my boyfriend. Five years later and it is hands down the best present I’ve ever received! I have thick, long hair and

Price (RRP) A$234.00 to A$340.00

Price fromA$178.00Kogan

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (20)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (20)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (19)
  • Hair Care
    4.6 (14)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off, Storage Case and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating, Fixed and Single Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Ceramic-Coated
  • Max Temperature195 °C to 200 °C
  • Number of Heat Settings2 to 11
  • Colour / Finish Black and White
  • Cord Length 2.7 m to 3 m
Muk 230-IR

Muk 230-IR

4.3 from 134 reviews

With an overwhelming majority of reviewers awarding the Muk 230-IR a 5-star rating, this hair straightener’s secret weapon – its far infrared lights inside the ceramic plate – seems to be working.

Price (RRP) A$199.95

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (21)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (21)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (20)
  • Hair Care
    4.3 (19)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeFixed
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Tourmaline-Coated
  • Min Temperature90 °C
  • Max Temperature230 °C
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Cord Length 3 m
ghd Original IV Styler

ghd Original IV Styler

4.1 from 460 reviews

Latest review: I’ve been using GHDs personally and in my salon for 10 years and I love them. My one heats up in seconds. I can straighten my hair in less than 4 minutes and I’m very pleased with the job it does. It’

Price (RRP) A$210.00

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (24)
  • Value for Money
    4.2 (25)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (25)
  • Hair Care
    4.1 (21)
  • FeaturesStorage Case and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Min Temperature185 °C
  • Max Temperature185 °C
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Cord Length 2.7 m
Cloud Nine Wide Iron
  • Award Winner 2020
  • 2019

Cloud Nine Wide Iron

4.6 from 66 reviews

Latest review: I have long, thick, curly and frizzy hair so bought the Cloud Nine Wide Iron hoping to tame my hair. It it honestly amazing and produces such a sleek finish which I am definitely not used to. My hair

Price (RRP) A$340.00

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (13)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (13)
  • Ease of Use
    4.8 (13)
  • Hair Care
    4.7 (11)
  • FeaturesUniversal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Min Temperature100 °C
  • Max Temperature200 °C
  • Colour / Finish Black
Silver Bullet Keratin 230

Silver Bullet Keratin 230 · includes 2 listings

4.3 from 97 reviews

Latest review: I had used ghd products for years and recently switched to Silver Bullet and it’s the best decision ever. It heats up so quickly and glides smoothly through my hair. The ghd used to stick, but this o

Price (RRP) A$209.95 to A$295.95

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (8)
  • Hair Care
    4.3 (6)
  • FeaturesStorage Case and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating and Single Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Titanium
  • Max Temperature230 °C
  • Colour / Finish Black
Remington Silk Ceramic S9600AU

Remington Silk Ceramic S9600AU

4.1 from 83 reviews

Latest review: Does what it is supposed to and is a reasonable price. I have long thick hair and sometimes I have to go over it a few times but it

Price (RRP) A$49.00

  • Build Quality
    4.4 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (8)
  • Hair Care
    4.4 (7)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Min Temperature150 °C
  • Max Temperature240 °C
  • Number of Heat Settings11
  • Colour / Finish Red
ghd Gold Styler

ghd Gold Styler

3.8 from 415 reviews

As the second-most premium ghd on the market after the ghd platinum+, this $285 Gold Styler has a lot to live up to.

Price (RRP) A$285.00

  • Build Quality
    4.2 (24)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (25)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (24)
  • Hair Care
    4.2 (20)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Min Temperature185 °C
  • Max Temperature185 °C
  • Number of Heat Settings1
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Cord Length 2.7 m
L'Oreal Steampod

L'Oreal Steampod

4.1 from 76 reviews

The L’Oreal Steampod, which has a promising review rating of 4.1 stars, can be used to straighten, as well as create waves and curls.

Price (RRP) A$280.00

  • Build Quality
    4.2 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.9 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (10)
  • Hair Care
    3.6 (8)
  • FeaturesCordless and Steam Technology
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Colour / Finish White
Remington Smooth Finish Ceramic S3505AU

Remington Smooth Finish Ceramic S3505AU

4.2 from 54 reviews

Latest review: I've gone through a lot of hair straightener but I have to say Remington out performs the rest. I finally found a ceramic plate that does not pull at your hair or burns while threading. Good Job

Price (RRP) A$29.95

Price fromA$29.00The Good Guys

  • Build Quality
    4.9 (7)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    4.9 (7)
  • Hair Care
    4.8 (4)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Min Temperature150 °C
  • Max Temperature230 °C
  • Colour / Finish Black
Cloud Nine Original Iron

Cloud Nine Original Iron

3.5 from 272 reviews

The Cloud Nine Original Iron’s $340 price point leads to high expectations. But do its offerings of mineral-infused heating plates, adjustable temperature settings and efficient straightening make it worthwhile?

Price (RRP) A$340.00

  • Build Quality
    4.4 (22)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (22)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (22)
  • Hair Care
    4.5 (22)
  • FeaturesStorage Case
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Min Temperature100 °C
  • Max Temperature200 °C
  • Number of Heat Settings7
  • Colour / Finish Black
ghd Max Styler

ghd Max Styler

4.0 from 58 reviews

Latest review: I've had GHDs since they came out and never had a problem (except 1 where my hairdresser sold me one of theirs but it wasn't actually a GHD,). I have VERY long hair (mid back) and it's very very

Price (RRP) A$280.00

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (3)
  • Hair Care
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Max Temperature185 °C
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Cord Length 2.7 m
The Farrah by Halo

The Farrah by Halo

3.8 from 56 reviews

Latest review: Oh I love my hair straightener.... its awesome! My okd one died and I looked around and thus found the Halo. It works like magic! I have thick, coarse hair and straightens it in one go. Last for a

Price (RRP) A$219.95

  • Build Quality
    4.1 (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    4.9 (9)
  • Hair Care
    4.8 (8)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialTitanium
  • Colour / Finish Black
Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Straightener

Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Straightener · includes 2 listings

4.1 from 34 reviews

Latest review: This is a fantastic straightener. It heats up quickly, leaves my hair shiny & sleek just going over it once..... I have thick slightly wavy hair. I had a Ghd platinum $315 before the Remington $69 &

Price (RRP) A$69.00 to A$69.95

Price fromA$69.00Bing Lee

  • Build Quality
    4.6 (7)
  • Value for Money
    4.3 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (6)
  • Hair Care
    4.8 (5)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeFixed
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Max Temperature230 °C
  • Colour / Finish Gold
VS Sassoon Diamond Luxe Straightening Brush VSP2440A

VS Sassoon Diamond Luxe Straightening Brush VSP2440A

4.0 from 37 reviews

Latest review: I bought this hair straightening brush as I found it quite time consuming to use a flat iron. From first use I found it quite easy to use and found it straightened my hair a lot quicker. My hair can

Price (RRP) A$79.95

PriceA$76.00Kogan

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (3)
  • Hair Care
    4.7 (3)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Storage Case
  • Plate TypeBrush
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Min Temperature180 °C
  • Max Temperature200 °C
  • Number of Heat Settings3
  • Colour / Finish Black
ghd Mini Styer

ghd Mini Styer

4.7 from 20 reviews

Latest review: I am so amazed by the ghd it has changed not only my hair but my life as well it makes me feel so comfortable with my hair. Buying a ghd was the best thing I did. It removes the frizz from hair and

Price (RRP) A$280.00

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (1)
  • Hair Care
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Max Temperature185 °C
  • Colour / Finish Black
  • Cord Length 2.7 m
The Kate by Halo

The Kate by Halo

3.7 from 60 reviews

Latest review: I bought the Kate 2 weeks ago after being assured by the sales assistant that it was the straightener I needed. I was originally looking at GHD or Cloud 9. Little did I know at that stage Halo is a

Price (RRP) A$249.95

  • Build Quality
    3.5 (11)
  • Value for Money
    2.6 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    3.6 (11)
  • Hair Care
    3.4 (8)
  • FeaturesAuto Shut-off, Cordless and Universal Voltage
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
  • Colour / Finish Black
Instyler Max Rotating Iron

Instyler Max Rotating Iron

4.3 from 22 reviews

Latest review: Work’s really good makes hair soft shiny. But after a year it falls apart and I’m sorry for what you pay for this is not worth the cost. Very upset that they won’t make them bette

Price (RRP) A$149.99

  • Build Quality
    3.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    3.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (2)
  • Hair Care
    4.0 (1)
  • FeaturesCordless
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Tourmaline-Coated
  • Number of Heat Settings3
  • Colour / Finish Black
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